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Ardmore, Oklahoma Restaurant Manager Discusses Battling Storms, Power Outages

Aired January 1, 2001 - 2:12 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Here is Oklahoma, which several days ago got knocked out by an ice storm. And this is what happened over the weekend: 5-8 inches of snow added on top of the misery there in Oklahoma. More than 100,000 people were without power for a while. We learned last hour that now it is down to 47,000 without power, and they're trying to work hard to help out the shelters and supply shelters. Even those supply trucks are having trouble traveling in that weather.

On the phone with us now, we wanted talk with an Oklahoman. Pam Limley is restaurant manager of Carl Jr.'s Hamburgers in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

And Pam, we hear you're open for business; is that right?

PAM LIMLEY, ARDMORE, OKLAHOMA RESIDENT: That is right.

ALLEN: Are you selling many hamburgers today?

LIMLEY: Not today, it is kind of hard to get out.

ALLEN: We all applaud you here for being open for business. Was it difficult getting into work and getting employees into work today?

LIMLEY: Actually, no, everybody showed up. We opened a little late. So it gave them to let the roads thaw a little bit.

ALLEN: What was it like? Was it difficult for you then on the roads?

LIMLEY: On the roads, not if you're careful.

ALLEN: Right. Now, I hear, over the past few days, up until now, people are really socked in at the moment, that you actually saw an increase in business. What do you contribute that to?

LIMLEY: People not having power, not being able to cook.

ALLEN: How many...

LIMLEY: Have to eat somewhere else.

ALLEN: They came to Carl's, you probably appreciated that. How much more business do you think you received?

LIMLEY: I probably saw an extra 100 people a day, probably.

ALLEN: Do you just consider yourself one of the lucky ones that your restaurant has had power?

LIMLEY: Yes, very lucky. I lost it for a total of three hours one day, and that -- the rest of the time I've been open.

ALLEN: How about that? When do you expect folks will be trying to get out of their house again; any idea?

LIMLEY: I figure, actually, they are picking up a little bit now. The roads are getting -- It's easier to get around. Hopefully, they will start coming out here soon.

ALLEN: You sound like you have a good attitude through all of this. Are you about sick of it at this point? You have been through a lot.

LIMLEY: Yes, I'm sick of it. Once I got electricity back at my house I was happy.

ALLEN: Absolutely, who can complain, if you have electricity, because so many people there don't. Pam, thanks, good luck to you, and to the folks there working your restaurant.

LIMLEY: Thank you.

ALLEN: Thanks for talking with us.

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